Gianluigi Buffon headlines our Rumour Mill as Italy legend nears free transfer move to PSG

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Footballing legend: Gianluigi Buffon.

The summer transfer window is open and across the globe there is a frenzy of speculation as players and coaches look for their next moves.

There is plenty of activity and stories that have football fans talking.

Here, we look at the latest transfer deals that could happen very soon.

Let us know your thoughts via Twitter and Facebook.

GIANLUIGI BUFFON

The Juventus and Italy legend is closing in on a free transfer move to Paris Saint-Germain within the coming days, L’Equipe reports.

Buffon, 40, played his last game for the Turin giants in May after 17 years at the club but did not officially retire.

Since then, he has been a free agent and is poised to sign a two-year contract with the Ligue 1 champions.

New Parisian boss Thomas Tuchel is keen to bolster his squad in all areas as well as add vital experience, with Buffon bringing that in abundance.

Current goalkeepers Alphonse Areola and Kevin Trapp could both move on during the summer transfer window.

The great Gianluigi Buffon

The great Gianluigi Buffon.

DALEY BLIND

Ajax have moved to re-sign their former star who is deemed surplus to requirements at Manchester United.

According to De Telegraaf, the Dutch side want to capture the 28-year-old’s signature this summer and bring him ‘home’.

Blind, who was born in Amsterdam, made over 100 appearances for Ajax between 2008 and 2014, before switching to Old Trafford four years ago.

He has, however, found first-team football hard to come by under Jose Mourinho and Ajax are hopeful they can clinch a cut-price deal for his services.

TURIN, ITALY - JUNE 04: Daley Blind of Netherlands gestures during the International Friendly match between Italy and Netherlands at Allianz Stadium on June 4, 2018 in Turin, Italy. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)

Netherlands international Blind featured in just seven Premier League games last season.

RENATO SANCHES

The 20-year-old Portuguese midfielder will be given a chance to prove his worth at Bayern Munich under new boss Niko Kovac.

Speaking at a press conference, Kovac said that he suspected he would stay at the Bundesliga giants having returned from a miserable campaign at relegated Swansea city.

Lack of form and injuries disrupted his time in Wales while Portugal overlooked him for their World Cup squad.

Sanches still has plenty of time on his side to fulfill the potential which led to Bayern paying Benfica €35 million (Dh149m) for his signature in May 2016.

SWANSEA, WALES - APRIL 28: Renato Sanches of Swansea City arrives at the stadium prior to the Premier League match between Swansea City and Chelsea at Liberty Stadium on April 28, 2018 in Swansea, Wales. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Renato Sanches couldn’t prevent the Swans from losing their Premier League status.

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Transfer Predictor: Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus gets a 3 while N'Golo Kante to Barcelona is a 5

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The summer transfer window for all international deals is open.

With the transfer rumours growing in pace and volume during this ‘silly season’, it can be difficult and painstaking to separate the stories of some legitimacy from the rest of the noise.

Fortunately, we’ve taken it upon ourselves to do it for you.

Below, you’ll find some of the latest transfer news churned out of the rumour mill broken down and analysed for your benefit along with our calculated predictions.

CRISTIANO RONALDO – REAL MADRID TO JUVENTUS

Juventus are hoping to lure the Portuguese captain away from Real Madrid this summer by offering a mammoth long-term contract, according to Tuttosport.

Why it will happen: The five-time Ballon d’Or winner could be tempted away from Bernabeu to seek a new challenge, especially with a burgeoning Turin side who would match his huge salary demands.

Why it won’t happen: Ronaldo is an Real legend and, although it is likely that the 33-year-old will step down a level from Madrid at some stage, it may not happen for another few years.

Prediction: After winning a fifth Champions League title last month, it still seems unimaginable to see the Portuguese at another club now. But in order for Los Blancos to secure Neymar next season, they may need to let Ronaldo go.

Rating: 3/10

N’GOLO KANTE – CHELSEA TO BARCELONA

Barcelona have made the Chelsea midfielder their top target of the summer transfer window, according to Le Parisien.

Why it will happen: The French publication are reporting that the Catalan giants are keen to find the ultimate, all-purpose midfielder and see the 27-year-old as the main man to fill the role. And with the potential to win trophies and play alongside Lionel Messi, it looks like a difficult move to turn down.

Why it won’t happen: The French international still has three years to run on his current deal and it is unlikely the Blues hierarchy would allow the influential player to leave.

Prediction: Kante is reportedly happy in London and has no intention of leaving the club he only joined in 2016.

Rating: 5/10

BENJAMIN PAVARD

Stuttgart will not sell the highly-rated French defender for €50 million and want to keep him for another year, according to Stuttgarter Nachrichten.

Why it will happen: The 22-year-old has been a class act so far at the World Cup and may feel it is the right time to move away from the Bundesliga to further develop his career.

Why it won’t happen: Pavard played every minute of Stuttgart’s Bundesliga campaign last season and enjoys the pressure of being the main man in their defence.

Prediction: Although Stuttgart will want Pavard to stay, expect more interest to follow for his services as Didier Deschamps’ side progress to the latter stages of the World Cup.

Rating: 6/10

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N'Golo Kante headlines our Rumour Mill as Barcelona join race to sign Chelsea midfielder

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The summer transfer window is open and across the globe there is a frenzy of speculation as players and coaches look for their next moves.

There is plenty of activity and stories that have football fans talking.

Here, we look at the latest transfer deals that could happen very soon.

Let us know your thoughts via Twitter and Facebook.

N’GOLO KANTE

Barcelona have made the Chelsea midfielder their top target of the summer transfer window, according to Le Parisien.

The French publication are reporting that the Catalan giants are keen to find the ultimate, all-purpose midfielder and see the 27-year-old a main man to fill the role.

Kante is believed to be Ernesto Valverde’s top priority this transfer window – with the French international attracted to the option of playing alongside Lionel Messi.

ALASSANE PLEA

West Ham have made a £27m bid for the Nice forward, according to Sky Sports.

Newcastle, Fulham and Tottenham are all on the hunt to sign the 25-year-old French striker, who scored 20 goals last season.

Selling Plea would provide a handsome profit for Nice, having signed him from Lyon for less than £500,000 in 2015.

It is unlikely the Ligue 1 side would want to see their prized asset leave the Allianz Riviera following four fruitful seasons in the black and red.

BENJAMIN PAVARD

Stuttgart will not sell the highly-rated French defender for €50 million and want to keep him for another year, according to Stuttgarter Nachrichten.

The 22-year-old played every single minute of Stuttgart’s Bundesliga campaign last season, garnering interest from Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund in the process.

Although the Mercedez-Benz Arena side want Pavard to stay, expect more interest to follow for his services as Didier Deschamps’ side progress at the World Cup.

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